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Alliance Invited to Provide Testimony to Congress Regarding 2019 Appropriations

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies has invited the Alliance for Biosecurity to provide testimony in a public hearing on Thursday, April 26.


Chris Frech, Co-Chair of the Alliance, will testify before the Subcommittee and speak to the importance of consistent, long-term funding that the biosecurity industry relies on to ensure the availability of lifesaving medical countermeasures and to sustain the public-private partnerships that protect national health security.


The hearing will take place on Thursday, April 26, at 10 AM EDT. A full list of witnesses providing testimony is below. For updates and more information, please follow the Alliance for Biosecurity’s Twitter account @AllianceCBRN.


  • Michael A. Mares, director of the University of Oklahoma's Sam Noble Museum, American Alliance of Museums

  • Bob Blancato, national coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition

  • Mamie Voight, vice president of policy research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy

  • Jane Sutter, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County, Inc.

  • Michelle Sie Whitten, president and CEO of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation

  • Joyce M. Knestrick, president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

  • Robert Egge, chief public policy officer at the Alzheimer's Association and Alzheimer's Impact Movement

  • Alexandra Reeve Givens, member on the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Board of Directors

  • Marwan Haddad, medical director at the Center for Key Populations at Community Health Center, Inc.

  • William J. Whited, Oklahoma State long-term care ombudsman at the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs

  • Luann Dunsford, CEO of the Michigan Works Association

  • Laura A. Hanen, interim executive director and chief of government affairs at the National Association of County and City Health Officials

  • Chris Frech, co-chair at the Alliance for Biosecurity

  • Jacqueline R. Wynn, interim CEO of the National AHEC Organization

  • Donna Meltzer, president of the Coalition for Health Funding

  • Susan Chacon, president of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs

  • Tim Fagan, chair at the American Dental Association's Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention

  • Stacy A. Bohlen, CEO of the National Indian Health Board

  • Ann Cary, board chair at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing

  • Nicholas Mathews, GEAR UP Alumnus of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships

  • John Auerbach, CEO of the Trust for America's Health

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